Monthly Meeting – May 21, 7:30 PM

Held every 3rd Monday of the month except holidays

TIME:       Monday, May 21st, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
PLACE:    535 Dean Street, #313  (Newswalk)

  • Block Party Planning
  • Protecting the neighborhood during Barclays Center operation
  • Volunteers needed to be in a short community video (very little time commitment)

YOUR INPUT IS ESSENTIAL
EVERYONE IS WELCOME

BrooklynSpeaks asks: Should arena crowds really be able to drink all night?

In Chicago, Wrigley Field is allowed to host only 30 evening events a year. Liquor sales must end no later than 9:30PM. And any changes to that policy have to be approved by the Chicago City Council.

You’d think that the people of Brooklyn deserve no less respect.

Not according to Barclays Center, which has applied for a license that would allow it to keep serving alcohol up to the 4AM State limit in an 18,000-seat arena. Sure, the NBA has a policy that requires liquor sales to end after the third quarter. But basketball only accounts for 40 of the expected 220 events to be held at the arena each year. And Barclays’ application isn’t even limited to serving drinks at arena events. (Arena plans include four club/lounge areas.)

We all know that the history of Atlantic Yards has been one blanket approval by government after another, with little oversight afterward. But isn’t this getting ridiculous?

Click here to tell the New York State Liquor Authority and Governor Cuomo that Barlcays’ liquor license must be appropriate for the residential neighborhoods in which it is situated, and through which patrons will travel on their way home. Require drink sales to end after half time at a NBA game, 45 minutes before the end of an event, or 10PM, whichever comes first. And only permit alcohol to be sold during ticketed arena events.

Sign the petition now!